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Natural Ingredients

Do you know how to understand the list of ingredients for a cosmetic product?

Most people stop reading after the word "Water"!
The INCI list (International nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients) shows the ingredients appearing in decreasing order of concentration. The first 2 to 8 ingredients in the list are therefore the most important, representing the main components of the product that contains them.

At Marilou Bio, we like it when things are simple. That's why we have prepared a short glossary (non exhaustive) that will help you better decode the INCI ingredient lists on each product in our range. For clarity’s sake !

  • Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice : Aloe leaf juice. Emollient, moisturizing, skin softening.
  • Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate : Cleansing, foaming agent.
  • Benzoic Acid : Preservative. Prevents the growth of micro-organisms in cosmetic products.
  • Benzyl Alcohol : Preservative. Prevents the growth of micro-organisms in cosmetic products.
  • Butyrospermum Parkii : Shea Butter. Emollient, moisturizing, skin softening.
  • Caprylic/capric Triglyceride : Emollient, moisturizing, skin softening.
  • Centaurea Cyanus Flower Water : Cornflower water. Soothing and moisturizing agent, boosts the skin's moisture content.
  • Cera Alba (Beeswax) : Beeswax. Emollient, skin softening.
  • Cetearyl Alcohol : Emollient. Skin softening. Emulsifier, used for making emulsions from oil and water.
  • Cetearyl Glucoside : Emollient. Skin softening. Emulsifier, used for making emulsions from oil and water.
  • Citral : Masking agent. May be used in the composition of perfume.
  • Citronellol : Masking agent. May be used in the composition of perfume.
  • Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Fruit Water : Orange Water.
  • Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Peel Oil : Essential oil of Orange zest.
  • Citric Acid : Regulates pH balance in a cosmetic product.
  • Citrus Medica Limonum Peel Oil : Essential oil of Orange zest.Toning.
  • Cocamidopropyl Betaine : Cleansing, foaming and emulsifying agent.
  • Coco-Caprylate/Caprate : Emollient. Softens the skin.
  • Coco-glucoside : Surfactant. Promotes even distribution of product during use. Cleansing, foaming agent.
  • Cymbopogon Flexuosus Oil : Essential Oil of Lemongrass.
  • D-Limonene : Masking agent. May be used in the composition of perfume.
  • Dehydroacetic Acid : Preservative.
  • Dicaprylyl Carbonate : Emollient. Softens the skin.
  • Fagus Sylvatica Bud Extract : Beech Bud extract.Toning.
  • Glycerin : Moisturizing.
  • Glyceryl Oleate : Surfactant. Promotes even distribution of product during use. Cleansing, foaming agent. Softens the skin.
  • Glyceryl Stearate Citrate : Emollient, emulsifying.
  • Hordeum Vulgare Extract : Barley extract. Emollient.Skin softening.
  • Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein : Wheat Proteins. Filmogenic agent that produces a continuous film on skin, hair and nails. Hair
  • conditioner, leaves hair easy to style, supple, soft and shiny.
  • Illite : Clay.
  • Linalool : Masking agent. May be used in the composition of perfume.
  • Lippia Citriodora Water : Verbena floral water.Invigorating.
  • Mel (Honey) : Honey. Emollient, moisturizing, healing.
  • Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil : Sunflower Seed Oil. Emollient and moisturizing.
  • Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides Citrate : Emollient. Skin softening.
  • Oleic/Linoleic/Linolenic Polyglycérides : Émollient, émulsifiant.
  • Oryza Sativa Bran (Rice Bran) : Rice Bran extract. Protects and moisturizes the skin.
  • Persea Gratissima Oil (Avocado Oil) : Avocado oil. Very nourishing and rich in vitamins. Treats dry, wrinkled, damaged skin.
  • Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil : Sweet Almond oil. Moisturizing and emollient.
  • Sesamum Indicum Seed Oil : Sesame Seed oil. Emollient. Hair conditioner, leaves hair easy to style, supple, soft and shiny.
  • Sodium Chloride : Salt. Viscosity controlling and binding agent.
  • Sodium Hydroxide : pH regulating.
  • Sodium Benzoate : Preservative.
  • Tocopherol : Vitamin E. Antioxidant.
  • Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil : Jojoba Seed oil. Emollient, moisturizing.
  • Xanthan Gum : Filmogenic agent, surfactant, emulsifying.